Red Sox vs. Nationals - 4/14/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (2-5) at Boston Red Sox (5-2)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm (Fenway Park)
S Strasburg (0-1) (5.07) vs. J Masterson (1-0) (3.00)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -110 / Washington Nationals +100 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN (Nationals) / NESN (Red Sox)
The Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox will battle in the second game of their series this Tuesday evening at Fenway Park.
The Washington Nationals (2-5) pitching and defensive struggled right out of the gate and allowed the Red Sox to gain an early 8-0 lead in and lost to the Red Sox 9-4 on Monday afternoon. Jordan Zimmerman only lasted 2.1 innings and gave up 8 runs (7 ER) on 9 hits. Zimmerman didn’t get much help from his defensive as Michael Taylor and the outfield led 2 catchable fly balls drop in for hits in the early innings of this one. Tanner Roark pitched well in relief going 3.2 innings while giving up just 1 run on 4 hits. Offensively, Washington was only able to get 4 hits and 2 walks off Red Sox pitching. Leading the way for the Nationals were Ryan Zimmerman (1-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR) and Danny Espinosa (1- 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR). Washington ended up leaving 3 runners on base and was 0-6 with RISP.
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The Boston Red Sox (5-2) got a big day from Mookie Betts and a solid pitching performance by Rich Porcello to cruise to a victory in their home opener of 2015. Betts was able to steal two bases one play in the first as he took advantage of the National’s shift on David Ortiz and hit a 3-run homerun in the 2nd inning to help the Red Sox to get up 4-0 early in the game. The Red Sox left 9 runners on base and went 6-15 with RISP. Leading the way for the Red Sox was Mookie Betts (2-4, 1 BB, 2R, 4 RBI, 1 HR, 2 SB) and David Ortiz (2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR). Rick Porcello (1-1, 3.86 ERA) pitched well for the Red Sox going 8 innings while giving up 4 runs (3 ER) on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. Junichi Tazawa pitched a scoreless 9th inning for the Red Sox giving up no hits while striking out three.
The Nationals are 9-3 in their last 12 games with the total set at 6.5 or lower and 12-5 in their last 17 games following a loss. The Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 games overall, however just 6-13 in their last 19 games following a win.
Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 5.06 ERA) will get the call for the Nationals and will be looking to improve from a rough first start of the season when he gave up 6 runs (3 ER) on 9 hits and 5 walks in a 6-3 loss to the New York Mets. Strasburg has all the tools to become in ace in the league and depends heavily on his changeup. The Red Sox will send Justin Masterson to the mound who is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA after he went 6 innings giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. Masterson has lost some velocity on his fastball but still can be an effective pitcher as long as his sinker ball is producing ground ball outs.
The Red Sox will have one of the better offensive line-ups in the baseball in 2014 however I think Strasburg is going to have a nice bounce back for the Nationals and I’m going to need to see Masterson produce over a stretch of games to have trust in him. I think the value in this one is with Washington. Take the Nationals.